As the second anniversary of the “Let’s Move!” campaign approaches in February – an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to fighting the battle against childhood obesity – we’re reminded that there are several, easy steps your family can take towards better nutrition and a healthier lifestyle.
The experts at CHOC recommend these easy tips to get your family “moving” on the right track:
• Plan the week’s menu and shop on the weekend.
• Cook large meals on Sunday afternoons for re-heating later in the week.
• Make a double batch of your favorite soup, casserole or stew and freeze part of it.
• Try a slow cooker recipe.
• Serve more fruits and veggies.
• Send children out to play right after school. Limit TV viewing until after 5 p.m., or when it gets dark.
• Limit screen time to no more than one or two hours per day.
• Choose an exercise the entire family can do together. Invite your children’s friends to come along.
• There a lot you can do indoors, too. Try running in place, push-ups or stretching.
For more helpful nutrition and obesity prevention guidelines from CHOC, please click here:
“Let’s Move!” includes giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices, providing healthier foods in schools, ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food and helping children become more physically active. First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” today, where she will discuss her initiative. She’ll appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” later this week. To learn more about “Let’s Move!” please visit: http://www.letsmove.gov/